Staff report

The newly opened Zero George Hotel in downtown Charleston has made Travel + Leisure magazine’s “It List” of the coolest new hotels in the world for 2013.

Of the 61 hotels named, the 18-room hotel at 0 George St. is the only one from Charleston. Hotels are selected by the magazine’s editors who seek out groundbreaking hotels that are transforming destinations.

Established in five restored circa 1804 residential buildings, the boutique hotel’s suites feature custom-designed armoires with mini-bars and in-room coffee, wood floors, marble bathrooms, period millwork details and private piazzas.

T + L described it has “this genteel town’s first truly contemporary retreat,” in its June issue.

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Zero Bar & Cafe is a bistro-style eatery open in the evenings, offering a range of wines, small plates and full bar. In addition, the original brick kitchen has been restored and is available for private cooking classes, and there are several indoor/outdoor private event spaces for rent.

The hotel is owned by Dean and Lynn Andrews. They purchased the former Maison du Pre inn at East Bay and George streets about a year ago for $3.2 million and did extensive renovations to the property.

Dean Andrews was the longtime managing director of the 440-room Charleston Place, starting in 1986 when it opened as the Omni. He went on to become an Orient-Express Hotels executive after that company acquired part of Charleston Place.

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